FOXBORO -- Last year, following the Patriots' stunning playoff loss to their AFC East rivals, Deion Branch took very vocal exception with the celebration of several Jets players on the Gillette Stadium turf and their behavior in the final moments. The receiver called it "classless" at the time but on Friday, the Patriots receiver said he met with several of the Jets and worked out his harsh feelings.
"Nah, that's stuff is behind me," Branch said, two days before the rematch at Gillette. "I'm a refreshed man. I'm a refreshed man Everything's good. That stuff is in the past. I don't think about that. I spoke to those guys. I'm a refreshed man. Everything's good. It's all about going out Sunday and playing football.
"I think the rivalry will get guys pumped up. All that stuff that happened in the past, I don't think guys are really fueling off that stuff. They're not coming in here and saying, 'We beat them last...
FOXBORO -- For the third straight day, Patriots starting linebacker and captain Jerod Mayo was missing from the start of practice on Friday as the team worked out in shorts and shells on the lower grass field outside Gillette. Mayo injured his left knee in the first half last Sunday in the win over the Raiders.
Also missing for the third straight day were Julian Edelman (ankle), Danny Woodhead (ankle) and Sebastian Vollmer (back).
Aaron Hernandez (knee) was on the field again for the Patriots, as was Albert Haynesworth (back). Patriots coach Bill Belichick indicated Friday morning that he wants to see how both players handle practice on consecutive days before making a decision on whether they will be available on Sunday.
As expected, the Patriots have released running back Eric Kettani from the practice squad and resigned rookie defensive back Josh Victorian to the practice squad.
Kettani, 5-foot-11 and 235 pounds, was originally signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent on May 4, 2009 out of Navy and was placed on the reserve military list on July 23, 2009. He was activated from the reserve military list on July 28. After being released after training camp this past summer, Kettani was signed to the practice squad, but he was reportedly called back to serve in the Navy.
Victorian, 5-foot-10 and 190 pounds, went to training camp with Baltimore after signing with the Ravens as a rookie free agent out of Louisiana Tech. He was signed to the New England practice squad on September 22 and then released from the practice squad on...
Red Sox principal owner John Henry, in his appearance with team CEO Larry Lucchino on the Dennis & Callahan Show, acknowledged that the team was unlikely to pick up the two-year option on former manager Terry Francona's three-year contract. However, Henry also suggested that the team did not have the chance to make Francona's departure truly "mutual," intimating that two-time World Series winner took the decision out of the club's hands.
"We really didn’t get a chance to make it mutual. Thinking about it, would we have ended up in the same place he ended up? Based on the things we heard, the things we saw, it’s a strong likelihood that we would have. So you could say it was mutual," said Henry. "But the way it took place, in my mind, wasn’t mutual."
Lucchino said that a meeting between owners, GM Theo Epstein and Assistant GM Ben Cherington two days after the end of the season made clear...
Red Sox owner John Henry and CEO Larry Lucchino, in a Friday morning appearance on the Dennis & Callahan Show, declined to comment directly on the Cubs' request to talk about a job in their organization with current Red Sox GM Theo Epstein. Both Henry and Lucchino said that the organization has a policy of not commenting on requests for permission by other clubs to talk with their personnel, with Lucchino noting that the team had not commented on (or made public) a past request about Epstein and Henry noting that other teams had requested permission to talk to Lucchino in the past.
"Every year we get requests from people. We’ve never discussed them publicly," said Lucchino. "We don’t comment on requests."
Speaking generally, Henry did note that permission is typically granted by teams to organizations that want to discuss a promotion.
"There is a certain protocol in this game,...
We check in with former Patriot, current NFL Network analyst Heath Evans for his complete analysis on the Patriots win over the Bengals, and the rest of the NFL.
We talk to special teams Captain Matthew Slater about the win over the Bengals and some of the extra-curricular activities that took place between plays.
We check in with head coach Bill Belichick for his thoughts and analysis on beating the Bengals, and preparing for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Chris and Rob talk with former MLB Infielder and current ESPN analyst Alex Cora. Alex talks about some of the moves he saw in the Red Sox-Indians ALDS, and talks about the core group of young players the Red Sox have
We wrap up the Sox season with our final weekly visit with Sox manager John Farrell, on the heels of the news that he will be back as Sox skipper for the 2017 season.
Red Sox Hall of Famer Joe Castiglione wraps up the 2016 Boston Red Sox season
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DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Mark Dondero of WPRI in Providence called in to defend himself and Kirk was ready to take on a listener in hour four of Thursday's show with Jon Meterparel in on Dino's Casting Couch.
To start hour three of Thursday's show, Gerry, Kirk and Meter discuss a New York Post story exposing Josh Brown and Curtis recounted his awkward photo day experience.
Gerry, Kirk and Meter reacted to Artie Lange's podcast in 'Headlines' and Meter loves Mookie Betts as the guys get a little baseball talk in during hour two of Thursday's show.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian have a semi-reunion with Pittsburgh's Tim Benz. In addition to a stroll down memory Lane, they talk about the Steelers-Patriots game Sunday, and Benz has to jam in some Penguins talk.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian look ahead to tonight's Bruins Home Opener against Taylor Hall and the Devils. They also talk about David Backes' fit in Claude Julien's system, the young defensive core, realistic expectations for Zdeno Chara, and the development of David Pastrnak.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian go through the details of Josh Brown's domestic violence issues, some of which are from his own journal, and wonder why he is still in the NFL. They're pretty disturbed that there are reports that the NFL knew of these issues, and took no action. Also, John Mara is very complicit in this...
Dale, Michael and Jerry check in with MMQB's Peter King for our weekly hit with him. The guys discuss Josh Brown, the Giants and the NFL, the Patriots, and also the Robert Klemko vs Bills fans situation.
Dale, Michael and Jerry spend the majority of the day discussing the latest revelations in kicker Josh Brown's domestic violence case, and more specifically how the NFL and NY Giants try to sweep it all under the rug.
We close out the show with the best soundbites of the day. And prostitutes.
Kirk Minihane, avid runner, talks to Charlie Engle about the passion of running, how running became an addiction that replaced drug related addictions, and Charlie's time in jail. Kirk and Charlie have had similar paths through life and they discuss how a passion for running changed their lives.
Kirk was scheduled to interview Jeff Pearlman but the connection sucked and we called a late audible and interrupted the K&C Post Show podcast. Kirk takes over the K&C podcast and turns into Enough About Me and an epic bitchfest ensues.
Kirk Minihane sits down with Red Sox legend Mo Vaughn to talk to Mo about his playing days here in Boston, why the Sox couldn't have won a World Series in the 90's, and what life has been like since his playing day's have ended.
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